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It's US.

Our local OFA team had a bit of a "reunion" yesterday. Turns out that we'd been missing each other's company! We were delighted to again celebrate the President's re-election, still very much "fired up and ready to go." We had some terrific conversations about using the things learned in the course of this experience, and have already begun some planning. Thinking about all that brought me to create this graphic; I'm thinking of working it up as a banner for our inaugural watch party...

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:21 AM (1 replies)

It isn't about him.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:10 PM (19 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sat Nov 17, 2012, 05:05 PM (4 replies)

An indisputable benefit if Texas secedes:

We would no longer be subjected to Louie Gohmert hogging the camera on C-span.

Condolences to our Texas DUers.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:18 PM (1 replies)

Woman's belly ring gets caught in pool drain

This OP isn't about belly rings. Or swimming pools:


Greeley firefighters freed a woman from a drain cover on Wednesday after her belly ring became tangled in the zero-depth swimming pool at the Family FunPlex, 1501 65th Ave.

Dale Lyman, division chief and fire marshal for the Greeley Fire Department , said firefighters were called to the FunPlex at 12:48 p.m. on Wednesday. After failed attempts to turn the ring in a manner that would free the woman, the pool was slightly drained and the cover removed to manipulate the ring free.

The zero-depth pool, which is the splash pool in Adventure Island, ranges from a few inches to about a foot deep, Lyman said. The woman was floating along the bottom of the pool on her stomach with her child when the ring became snagged on the drain cover.

The woman was checked on scene for injuries and released unhurt. . .


Like many newspapers, ours has revamped its online edition; a subscription fee is required to read most stories. In the runup to the election, germane candidate and issue information was available only to subscribers. No op-eds, no letters to the editor, no candidate articles beyond the first sentence or two, often cutting off mid-word. Endorsements were usually worded such that those first two sentences didn't tell you who they were endorsing, apparently an attempt to build sufficient curiosity that would-be readers would either run right out and by a hard copy or cough up a credit card to buy a subscription. To be fair, they did finally relent and make obits available without a subscription.

The print news industry has been hurting, I get that. Adjustments have to be made. I get that, too. But it occurs to me that, if you're looking to sell yourself as a responsible purveyor of information, wouldn't you want to be showing the best you're capable of rather than how irrelevant you can be?


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:01 PM (7 replies)


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:21 PM (6 replies)

Transcript info?

Where can I get a transcript of McCain's comments about Benghazi (today in the Senate, with Graham and Ayotte)?


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:44 PM (2 replies)

One angry white man

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:37 PM (6 replies)

Can Obamacare cure bureaucracy?

My forehead is once again bearing the indentations of bricks, acquired through repeated bashings of head against wall.

My sister, God bless her, bought me a plane ticket so that I can spend part of the holidays with family. This was planned in accordance with what Medicare told me last year about my oxygen requirement, that by this time this year I would qualify for one of the portable airline-approved oxygen concentrators. This afternoon I learned that Medicare has now decided that I will not qualify until 2014.

Last year they were saying that I hadn't been on the program long enough. I disputed that, seeing as how I've been on oxygen since 2001. Now they're tying it to the 'new' home concentrator their requirements provided in early 2009. I've given up trying to make sense of it.

Wouldn't be so bad, but I fly out of Denver and, since 9-11, oxygen is no longer available at the airport. That's a particularly bad thing for those passengers who arrive to find out that altitude can have some unpleasant side effects. Anyway, the machines can be rented, but for those of us on small fixed incomes that cost can be prohibitive. A little warning would have been nice. Better yet, a consistent and coherent policy that is comprehensible to patients.


Posted by madamesilverspurs | Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:04 AM (0 replies)

To US.

Posted by madamesilverspurs | Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:20 PM (3 replies)
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